January – February 2015 Schedule: The Story of Esther

Happy New Year! We start off the New Year with a Rotation on the Old Testament story of Esther.

First chapter of a hand-written scroll of the Book of Esther, with reader's pointer

The Old Testament book of Esther is a story of one woman who changed the course of history for the Jewish people. It’s a story with all the ingredients of a Disney fairy tale (or maybe a soap opera, depending on how many details you reveal in the telling). There’s a beautiful heroine, a villain, and surprising plot twists. It is a good story for family read aloud over several nights (if you paraphrase a bit for the younger set). Come join us for our story!

For Saturdays at the Green Wood location, here is the schedule…

Date Workshop or Activity
1/10  Art Workshop
1/17  Games Workshop
1/24  Cooking Workshop
1/31  Worship with your family.
2/7  To be announced.

And on Sundays, at the downtown location.

Date Our workshops for 1st through 5th graders…
Art Cooking Video Bible Skills & Games
Room 212 Social Hall Room 215 Room 211
1/11 2nd & 5th grade 3rd grade 1st grade 4th grade
1/18 1st  grade 4th grade 3rd grade 2nd & 5th grade
1/25 3rd grade 2nd & 5th grade 4th grade 1st grade
2/1 Enjoy worship and Communion with your family.
The sermon is on how to begin again: A new direction!
2/8 4th grade 1st grade  2nd & 5th grade 3rd grade

And here’s what the 6th graders will be doing this month…
(They’ll always be in the Pine Room!)

1/11 1/18 1/25 2/1
 Special cooking project  Cooking Workshop  Games Workshop Worship with your family

What’s happening in each workshop?

  • Art Workshop: Learn about how prayer ties to the story of Esther. Second through fifth graders will create prayer boxes in the shape of a pyramid out of marbleized paper and make marbleized paper for the next class to use. 1st grade will decorate a prayer box with a magnetized lid.
  • Video Workshop: Watch portions of the Veggie Tales video, Esther: The Girl Who Became Queen.
  • Cooking Workshop: Make Hamantaschen (cookies) & learn about the Jewish festival of Purim.
  • Games Workshop: Learn story details & story sequence by playing a game of Hangman. (Which is very appropriate for this story!)

On Saturday nights and on Sunday mornings at FUMC our Cool Disciples experience Rotation Model Christian education, as they learn about Bible stories and concepts through kid-friendly multimedia workshops. If you are in the area please join us for the fun learning at First United Methodist Church in Ann Arbor, MI.

Photo credits: Click here for info on banner photo (not visible in readers or email).
Scroll of the Book of Esther by Chefallen, who licensed this photo on Wikimedia Commons under a Creative Commons License.

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